Homelessness


Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Closes for the Season

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter announced it was closing for the rest of the season on Sunday morning, stopping daily lotteries for beds and halting in-person services amid challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.


Petition Calls on Harvard To Shelter Homeless Population in Dorms

Harvard students and others circulated an online petition this week calling on University administrators to offer campus facilities as housing for Cambridge’s homeless population during the global coronavirus outbreak.


In Cambridge Homeless Court, Another Chance

Cambridge District Homeless Court offers monthly sessions to adjudicate on misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges, as well as outstanding warrants, against people experiencing homelessness in the Cambridge area.


Homeless Court in Cambridge

The homeless court, the venue where Cambridge judges hold trials for homeless individuals, is held at the First Parish Church in Harvard Square.


Harvard Square Business Association Holds Charity Yard Sale for Homeless Shelter

Square residents ventured out in the cold to Brattle Street Saturday to shop and support their neighbors at a charity yard sale for the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. The event, which was organized by the Harvard Square Business Association, raised nearly $2,000 for the homeless shelter.


PBHA Holds Second Annual Housing Awareness Week

Harvard students collaborated with community organizations, called their legislators, and discussed increasing rates of homelessness as part of the Phillip Brooks House Association’s annual Housing Awareness Week.


Harvard Square Shelters Fight to Serve in Winter

In the wintertime, Y2Y and HSHS must navigate extreme weather conditions with a skeleton staff—watching the demand for overnight beds rise while the volunteer pool shrinks.


Winter for Cambridge’s Homeless

"We are fortunate to have all these other providers along with us, that though not connected to us, are contributing to this unified effort to help people stay out of the cold when the weather hits.”


First Parish Church

The Cambridge District Court will relocate its “homeless court” to the First Parish Church in Harvard Square in early December.


Cambridge District 'Homeless Court' to Move to Harvard Square

The Homeless Outreach Program of the Cambridge Police Department coordinated the move with the Cambridge District Court, the Harvard Square Business Association, and First Parish Church.


Furniture Nonprofit To Move To Square

Furnishing Hope—a nonprofit that provides furniture to help with the transition out of homelessness—is due to open in Harvard Square next month.


Youth Homeless Center Could Close After Budget Cuts

After severe state budget cuts, youth homeless center Youth on Fire is at risk of shutting down if it does not receive more money from the government this month.


Checking In With Y2Y: A Year in Review

Last December, a group of Harvard students, professors, and alumni joined forces to launch the nation’s first student-run youth homeless shelter. But Y2Y had a rocky beginning.


As Strike Continues, Dining Halls Donate Less to Youth Homeless Shelter

Student volunteers at the Y2Y overnight homeless shelter in Harvard Square were concerned earlier this week by a reduction in food donations from Harvard’s dining halls because of the ongoing strike.


At Y2Y’s Zumbathon, Dancing Students Raise Money for Youth Homeless Shelter

​Braving dreary weather, dozens of students gathered Saturday in the Science Center Plaza to dance and raise money at Zumbathon, a charity event for the student-run youth homeless shelter Y2Y.


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